This presentation focuses on using the Seinfeld method “Don’t break the chain” to get going with personal projects. Those could be all types of things from learning the piano, a new programming language or achieving a personal goal.
I believe that the Seinfeld method can help break down some of the blockers that we experience when procrastinating, by forcing us to refactor large, unmeasurable and daunting tasks into mini-tasks which are the opposite - achievable, simple and regular. It also helps us to refocus on continual small steps rather than the big picture.
I’m especially keen on how the regular measurement of time spent on a project can give insight, and so I’ve started combining Seinfeld with Pomodoro Technique.
The most important thing is to “make it work for you” - there are all sorts of ways that these techniques can be used to push a project forward or help you to achieve your goal.
Hope that’s helpful!
Thanks to Victor at ustwo London for asking me to talk at their Tech Thursday.
Update 11/05/2018: I’ve been using a local install of this HTML Pomodoro timer for the last couple of years now. Output the JSON report that it creates into a couple of processors that count my hours and measure my efficiency. This means that I can ensure that I’m working the right number of hours per week, but also taking a good number of breaks.